Watch: Terrence Malick's Transcendence Through Nature

"Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light." Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Ah, Terrence MalickJohn Muir and Henry David Thoreau's spirit animal, purveyor of all things cinematic art. The director's evocative imagery wrestles with the fabric of nature, depicting its hues of chaos and grace with unrivaled poetry. "We rise from out of the soul of you," Malick writes in his pantheistic magnum opus, The Tree of Life

A new video essay from Vugar Efendi threads together some of Malick's most ethereal shots. He juxtaposes windmills with blades of grass, fire with water, and prairie grass with shelves of ice to illustrate how Malick's films inspire a unique sense of wonder in the universe and our place within.​

Films included in the video essay:

  • Badlands (1973)
  • Days of Heaven (1978)
  • The Thin Red Line (1998)
  • The New World (2005)
  • The Tree of Life (2011)
  • To the Wonder (2012)
  • Knight of Cups (2015)

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I haven't seen everything Malick has done and even though some of his narratives are a bit lofty, I like him and this is a nice video tribute.

I'm curious about something, though...

The soundtrack is Marina's Theme from To The Wonder.

Since Efendi has his video on Vimeo and, as I understand it, they have a policy of flagging videos containing unlicensed material, music, etc.

Has Efendi acquired licensing for the music in his essay?

Has Vimeo relaxed it's policy?

Or, is it OK to use Marina's Theme since it is the soundtrack for one of the movies included?

Just curious and not trying to put Efendi in a negative light for this work.

June 30, 2016 at 7:48AM

Richard Krall

So beautiful. Thank you!

July 3, 2016 at 7:00PM, Edited July 3, 7:00PM

Michele Konrad